We use Google every day to look for information. However, not everything you find on Google is freely accessible and suitable for your research.
This is why you need Library's OneSearch and databases, which bring you the research contents subscribed by the Library so you can read them for free.
There can be more than one way to get the information we need, e.g. you can find journal articles from both Google Scholar and library databases. However, search results can vary depending on the coverage of sources and their searching mechanism.
Understanding the difference among these platforms can help you choose where to go when you have a specific research need.
Here is a quick comparison between Google, Google Scholar, Library's OneSearch, and databases.
|What does it cover||When do you need it|
|Searches everything on the internet, both scholarly and non-scholarly.||
|Google Scholar||A scholarly version of Google; has the largest pool of scholarly articles. However, it is the least trusted platform because many retrieved articles are not peer-reviewed works.||
Library's search engine; covers over 90% of the library collections at item level across disciplines and material types.
Gets you full-text documents subscribed by the Library.
Contain specialized materials.
Also allow you to search within a specific field (e.g. title, keywords), and refine search results using filters - All to help you find what you need quickly and effectively.
Still not sure which one to use? Watch this video to learn the difference between searching Google and library databases.
Source: University of Houston Libraries